Rockies-Braves Preview

The Atlanta Braves are probably glad to be home, though a warm reception may be out of the question following a winless road trip.

They begin a nine-game homestand Monday night with a manageable opponent in the Colorado Rockies, but even those meetings have gone poorly for the free-falling Braves this summer.

Atlanta (53-71) completed a 0-7 trip with Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs, recording its longest overall slide of the season while falling to an MLB-worst 11-29 dating to July 8. The rotation has posted a 7.57 ERA on the skid and the staff as a whole has allowed 18 home runs - nine coming in the last two games at Wrigley Field.

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"Everything we threw in these four games, it either fell in the basket or went over the fence," Freddie Freeman said.

Julio Teheran has been an exception. In Wednesday's 3-2 loss at San Diego, a solo homer was all the damage he allowed with a total of four hits and seven strikeouts in six innings. Teheran (8-6, 4.32 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts this month.

"I feel really good about what I've been doing," Teheran told MLB's official website. "I've been battling the whole season. Right now, I feel right where I want it to be."

The right-hander has been more successful at home with a 6-1 record and 2.44 ERA in 12 starts, and he's 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA in four career starts against Colorado.

The Rockies (49-73), who swept the Braves in four games July 9-12 in Colorado, are coming off being swept in three games at home by the New York Mets. Sunday's 5-1 loss was their 11th in 13 games, and another would put them 25 games under .500 for the sixth season in franchise history and third time in the last four years.

"I felt our energy was pretty low," manager Walt Weiss said after the latest loss. "I think it's the result of 10 days at home and playing in some really long games and being on the losing end of those long games. The guys haven't checked out whatsoever. They are still battling."

The road, however, hasn't provided a refuge. The Rockies have dropped four straight away games, and their 16-37 record since opening the season with six straight road wins is second-worst in baseball to the Braves (18-47).

Jorge De La Rosa has been better away from Coors Field. The left-hander is 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 10 away starts, but he's 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in six career games against Atlanta and 0-1 with a 12.46 mark in two starts at Turner Field.

De La Rosa (7-5, 4.50) limited Washington to four hits in six scoreless innings of Wednesday's 4-1 home loss, though he matched a season high by issuing six walks. His 4.34 walks per nine innings is his highest mark since a 6.15 in 2006 with Kansas City and Milwaukee.

"High walks, a lot of extended counts and he couldn't get any further than six innings, but he did a heck of a job," Weiss said.

Jonny Gomes is 3 for 6 with a home run and a double off De La Rosa, but Nick Markakis is 0 for 6 with three strikeouts.

Nick Swisher might be the guy to be most concerned with. The Braves' Aug. 7 acquisition is 6 for 9 with two home runs, a double and six RBIs in his last three games.

For Colorado, Charlie Blackmon is hitting .382 on a nine-game hitting streak and .591 with seven RBIs in his last five against the Braves.